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Okay, let’s address the giant charged crystal in the room: using sound frequencies to promote better health sounds a little “woo-woo.”
But to be clear, it is “scientifically grounded and increasingly supported by research,” says Laura Widney, President of Soaak Clinics (which specialize in this type of therapy). She adds that this type of therapy has been used as a healing modality for 40,000+ years.
“Its ancient roots and healing potential for a modern society sparked a desire to deepen my understanding and figure out a way to make it globally accessible,” she says. This journey led to a health clinic collaborating with MDs, DOs, and Naturopathic Doctors, where they refined their approach to sound therapy by combining medical insights with holistic principles. Soaak Clinics—and, ofc, an app—was born.
Oh, and unlike some other modalities, you don’t need complete silence or focus. You can literally have it on under music or an audiobook and still reap the benefits.
Below, she shares the basics.
What exactly is sound frequency therapy?
“Sound frequency therapy utilizes specific sound vibrations to positively impact the body and mind,” Laura explains. “The underlying principle is that everything in the universe, including our bodies, vibrates at a specific frequency. When we are exposed to external and unchanging sound frequencies, our body can synchronize with these vibrations, a process known as sympathetic resonance.
“To help understand this, consider the analogy of two tuning forks. If you strike one tuning fork and bring it close to another of the same frequency, the second fork will begin to vibrate as well, even though it wasn’t directly struck. This is because the sound waves from the first fork are at a frequency that resonates with the second fork, causing it to respond in kind.
“Similarly, when our bodies are exposed to certain sound frequencies during therapy, they can align with these frequencies, bringing the body back into homeostasis. This alignment, or sympathetic resonance, can lead to various therapeutic effects.”
“Different frequencies have varying effects. Sound frequency therapies target various body parts for fast responses, such as the amygdala (responsible for processing emotions like fear and anxiety,) and the anterior cingulate cortex (controls emotional reactions and pain perception).
“For instance, certain frequencies can induce a state of deep relaxation to reduce stress. Others enhance mental focus and clarity. This natural and holistic approach taps into the body’s innate ability to harmonize with external frequencies, promoting healing and well-being.”
What specific health or wellness issues can sound frequency therapy address?
“Sound frequency therapy can effectively manage issues like anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, and chronic pain,” Laura says. There are even promising results for helping with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and other hormonal health issues.
Various sound frequencies address specific concerns by activating different parts of the brain and tapping into your nervous system to support cardiovascular health and improve muscle mass, aerobic capacity, and post-workout recovery.
They can help manage:
- Anxiety and depression
- Sleep disturbances
- Chronic pain
- PMDD and other hormonal health issues
How can someone get started?
“To start with sound frequency therapy, I recommend beginning with an open mind and short sessions,” Laura advises. “The great thing about the Soaak app is that you can integrate it with your daily life, unlike meditation, which requires dedicated time. You can listen to Soaak frequencies while you’re working, cooking, shopping, or working out. You can even utilize our dual audio feature and listen to it along with your own soundtrack or audiobook.”
Yep, complete silence and focus is not necessary. “It’s easy and passive,” Laura says. “It’s also important to note that users see a difference with just five minutes a day of listening to the sound frequency therapies.”
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Sound frequency therapy is a holistic approach that aligns with the body's natural rhythms. It's an accessible and versatile tool for enhancing well-being and complements other wellness practices. As we continue to explore the capabilities of sound frequencies, the potential for health and wellness benefits expands, making it a fascinating and evolving area of holistic health.